'Hirshfield's lucid poems are philosophical and sensuous, concise yet mysterious - Wittily deductive and meta-physically resplendent, Hirshfield's supple and knowing poems reflect her long view, her quest for balance, and her exuberant participation in the circle dance of existence' - Donna Seaman, Booklist, on Come, Thief 'Come Thief is a book of silences - a deep well full of strength and wisdom' - Dana Jennings, New York Times 'Clear-eyed and often numinous poems - a deepening attention to every aspect of human experience, from the dailiness of our lives to the most ineffable moments' - Steven Ratiner, Washington Post 'Jane Hirshfield is a poet very close to my heart' - Wislawa Szymborska 'A profound empathy for the suffering of all living beings - It is precisely this that I praise in the poetry of Jane Hirshfield - In its highly sensuous detail, her poetry illuminates the Buddhist virtue of mindfulness' - Czeslaw Milosz, Prze Kroj (Poland) 'Her poetry is a rich and assured gift - an extraordinary intertwining of cherished detail and passionate abstraction - The poems' realised ambition is wisdom' - Alison Brackenbury, Agenda 'Poems of quiet wisdom, steeped in a profound understanding of what it it to be human' - The Scotsman --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Jane Hirshfield is the author of six previous collections of poetry, a now-classic book of essays, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry, and three books collecting the work of women poets from the past. Her awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, the Academy of American Poets, and the National Endowment for the Arts; three Pushcart Prizes; the California Book Award; The Poetry Center Book Award; and other honors. Her poems appear regularly in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Poetry and have been included in six editions of The Best American Poetry. Her collection Given Sugar, Given Salt was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and After was named a “Best Book of 2006” by The Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the United Kingdom’s Financial Times. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.See all Editorial Reviews
A wise woman in our reading group said, "She is one of our major American poets." Right.Published 2 months ago by Your Aunt Martha
Enjoyed the poems so much J.H swings thru the spectrum of nature, human emotions and the spiritual essence of lifePublished 13 months ago by James
Certainly one of Jane Hirshfield's finest collections---how she shows the everyday to be both evanescent and numinous. Read morePublished 17 months ago by David Anthony Sam
I confess to being a huge Hirschfield fan, so I would have been disappointed if this weren't first-rate work. It is, and the author has also managed to extend her range and craft. Read morePublished 22 months ago by blackholepoet
Hirshfield invites the reader into her world of insight and contemplation. Her work is always beautiful and moving. I wait for each new book.Published 23 months ago by Lazy Shopper